Parr returns with new Americana
Charlie Parr is known the world around, but he is visiting the Shamrock Lounge on Thursday, April 16, to perform his renowned brand of folksy country-blues.
In the same vein as Blind Willie Johnson, Woody Guthrie and Dock Boggs, Parr continues the tradition by adding his own ingredients and brewing a mix of eclecticism that should delight a myriad of fans, old and new.
Richard Elliot of Pop Matters wrote, "If it were possible to get a mainline connection to that dim and distant location mapped out by pre-WWII American blues and folk musics, Charlie Parr would make a reliable operator."
Boasting a baker's dozen of albums released since 2002's Criminals and Sinners, Parr has collaborated with the likes of Black Twig Pickers on lesser known releases and has a release on Thrill Jockey (again with Black Twig Pickers) that also includes a recipe section in the liner notes titled "Cooking with Charlie."
Parr left his mark on Americana for generations to come with the release of Hollandale in early 2014.
The bold release inspired Kyle "Trigger" Coroneos, editor of SavingCountryMusic.com, to write, "Hollandale is like nothing you've heard, from Charlie Parr or anyone else, at least not like anything you've heard for a very, very long time, and with this amount of body and clarity behind the recording itself. Whatever you were expecting from this album, you are probably wrong, and in its stead you get an in-depth exploration into what it means to be alive, to be human, to feel pain and to yearn and reflect, without a single word being spoken on the entire work."
Parr is not new to performing Wichita. "It's always been a good town to stop in for me," he said. "I've got family here and some good friends."
Dustin Arbuckle, of the opening band The Haymakers, said, "There is great intensity in his playing, but he's also very subtle and personable, and that draws you in. His music is deeply moving. It's a real treat to split a show with him."
Being a school night, this show will kick off early with a 7 p.m. start time.